We need to enforce the rule against watering during the day

Sunday , May 06, 2018 - 6:00 AM1 comment

What are the real rules for watering our landscapes? My point here is, what actually happens? As most of us have heard, watering is only supposed to occur after 6 p.m. or before 10 a.m. This obviously means that watering is prohibited between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, the reality is that you can water any time you want because no one enforces the rule. Why have a rule, which we need and makes sense, if it will not be enforced?

I have spoken with Weber Basin Water Conservancy District officials on a number of occasions and offered to help identify people violating the rule, but they only seem to talk and threaten the violators — "rinse and repeat.” There needs to be a concrete plan for these violators that involves shutting off and locking out their secondary water after the second or third violation. Period. Simply enforce the rule that is already there.

We have all seen it. Watering right in the middle of hot summer days when it is a violation. Businesses. Churches. Schools. Ironically, city and government properties — let alone the vast number of private residences. I offered to take a job with Weber Basin searching for violators and fining repeat offenders. The fines would more than pay for the position. However, they were not interested. I am unemployed right now and that would be a good fit for both sides.

So what is the real rule of watering? One would think that you can water whenever you want because that is the way the water suppliers are (not) enforcing the rule in this drought situation. However, I actually have a conscience, so I say follow the rule.

To all, including businesses, churches, schools, cities and governments, don't even think of watering between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. We all have to be on board to address this drought.

Roger McBrayer

Layton

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